The gas pipeline project comprises the construction of an underground natural gas transmission pipeline built to tie into the existing Belfast Transmission Gas Pipeline, and two ‘Above Ground Installations’ (AGIs) at each respective end of the new pipeline, which are adjacent to the Beltoy Road and within the power station site. A planning application for the project is currently being processed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with information available via the planning portal (ref LA02/2020/0417/F).
The objective of the project is to provide a gas supply to the existing distillate fuelled OCGT peaking plant at the Kilroot Power Station by the end of 2022. This is, of course, dependent on planning permission and contractor availability. Having access to natural gas will also provide longer term optionality as we look to preserve economic generation on the site.
The pipeline will represent an investment of around £6m in the local area and provide supply chain opportunities for local business during the construction phase. The introduction of a gas supply to the power station will add to the existing choice of fuels, provide additional security of supply for Northern Ireland and allow for more lower carbon power generation.Contact Us
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With the potential for up to £600m of investment in a range of technologies and electricity generation solutions, it aims to be one of the most important milestones in the decarbonisation of our electricity generation system.